Henry the Worst, Laocoön and His Sons, 2014
This masterpiece of Renaissance metalwork is signed on the browplate by Filippo Negroli, whose embossed armor was praised by sixteenth-century writers as “miraculous” and deserving “immortal merit.” Formed of one plate of steel and patinated to look like bronze, the bowl is raised in high relief with motifs inspired by classical art. The graceful mermaidlike siren forming the helmet’s comb holds a grimacing head of Medusa by the hair. The sides of the helmet are covered with acanthus scrolls inhabited by putti, a motif ultimately derived from ancient Roman sculpture and wall paintings. (x)
Bronze rabbits by Georgia Gerber
Stellar Axis Antarctica Lita Albuquerque
Images by Jean de Pomereu
"In December 2006, I was photographer for Lita Albuquerque’s Stellar Axis Antarctica: the largest and most ambitious arts project ever undertaken in Antarctica.
Of Tunisian origin and now living in Los Angeles, Lita Albuquerque belongs to the land art generation, alongside James Turell and Christo. Designed in collaboration with astronomer Simon Balm, ‘Stellar Axis Antarctica’ was intended to mirror, or map the southern constellations as seen at 12 noon on the day of the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. It was realized through the alignment of 99 blue spheres across the Antarctic ice cap - the size of each sphere echoing the brightness of the corresponding star.
In Lita’s own words: “In realizing this work, my aim was to encourage the public to look up and out, not in and down - to guide people from our everyday reality to the larger stellar movements and their energy”: A modern day Stonehenge”